As a graphic designer, you might think designing my own invitations would be a piece of cake. In fact, I was dwelling on deciding the concept of our invitations. We all agree that invitations are so important to set the tone of your wedding and create the first impression of the overall design. Alright, the pressure was on. I stepped back a bit to think how do I normally begin the design process with my clients. The process of trying to link the couple’s lovestory and infuse some personality into a piece of paper.
For sure, it needed to be personal. When our guests received our wedding invitations, they knew straight away it belongs to us. We hosted an intimate wedding for families and closed friends so they know us in and out- our collections of plants and succulents and my neutral and copper interior obsession at home.
When designing this wedding suite, I kept in mind that these greenery & succulents, neutral colour palettes and touch of copper would be carried through the wedding day. The consistency and details of the day were important for me, so I definitely planned out everything through Lovebirdstories.
I designed and illustrated a handful of lush greenery and succulent for the cover page including the banana leaf and palm- not just because they are Victor’s favourites but also to add a bit of island vibe from my hometown.
The illustration design was printed in grey ink on a white thick fancy cartoon with a copper foil accent and embossed finishing. I incorporated this custom design into almost the rest of the suite, but most prominently in the monochrome envelope liner. To keep the cohesive design, I continued the monochromatic neutral palette through everything with a touch of copper that looks appealing against the neutral tone.
Adding a touch of colour, I hand painted a watercolour map of the venue in muted green and brown colours. I combined the illustration of wedding venue with brush lettering font style to match everything up. Pairing with traditional serif font for a timeless look, the hand lettering style on couple’s name adds a bit of flair on dual language texts (English and French) of the main invitation. Keeping the consistency, dark grey ink for English texts and lighter grey for French translations.
The main invitation printed on vellum paper. The whole suite including the insert of information card in grey and a RSVP card in white, tied together with the illustrated vellum band, and sealed with a custom copper wax seal. The envelopes were addressed with a copper ink in brush calligraphy style. I hand wrote each envelope because for me details matters. They serve such a wonderful purpose- letting all guests know that you care and spent time with your words.
The whole suite and a range of on-the-day pieces for our wedding such as: guest book, programme booklet, seating chart, place card, thank you card, personal letter and favor gift tag.
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